Patient Hoist, Liftmaster models 110, 160, & 190

Notice type: Warning

Date: 09/10/2003


Product name or type:
Patient Hoist, Liftmaster models 110, 160, & 190


Manufacturer Or Supplier:
Homecraft Ability One Limited, previously Smith and Nephew HomeCraft Limited.

Target Audience:
Health Board CEOs; Community Care Managers; Community Therapists; Health Visitors; Carers of the Elderly; Risk Managers; Loan Store Managers; Children's Disability Services; Special Schools; Educational Establishments

Problem Or Issue:
Risk of accessories detaching from the main body of the hoist.  All accessories used with these hoists are affected i.e. hoist boom, standing aid and seat.

Background Information Or Related Documents:
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), UK received reports on adverse incidents where the accessory has detached from the main body of the Liftmaster 110, 160, and 190 hoist.   

Homecraft Ability One Limited has contacted its customers asking them to check their hoist(s) and identify those that require modification.  The MHRA circulated a Safety Notice MDA SN2002(34) relating to this issue in December 2002.

Murray's Medical Equipment Limited have been, acting on behalf of Homecraft Ability One Limited, following up on the corrective action relating to this device on the Irish market.   

The IMB has been advised that the inspection and modification of all hospital based devices have been completed but that approximately 160 hoists located in the community care still require modification.  Murray's Medical Equipment has recently written to remind all affected Health Boards and to seek their assistance in locating and accessing these devices.

Patient Hoist, Liftmaster models 110, 160, 190 Document

Actions To Be Taken:
  • Advise Murray's Medical Equipment of the number and location of all affected devices in your health board area. 
  • Ensure the modification is carried out on all affected devices.

Further Information:
All adverse incidents relating to a Medical Device should be reported to the:   

Medical Devices Department 
Health Products Regulatory Authority 
Earlsfort Centre 
Earlsfort Terrace 
Dublin 2   

If you have any enquiries, you may contact the Medical Devices Department at:   
Telephone:       +353-1-6764971 

Enquiries to the manufacturer should be addressed to:   
Mr. Robert Murray 
Murray's Medical Equipment 
20 / 21 Talbot Street 
Dublin 1   

Telephone:       +353-1-8555091 
Fax:                 +353-1-8555880

SN2003(07): Patient Hoist, Liftmaster models 110, 160, & 190

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